Shish Kabobs, Civic Holiday Weekend and Kayaking

Jonathan and I have been busy cooking, swimming and kayaking.  So I haven’t had time to bake any new delicious creations.  I promise to make time for a loaf cake, cupcake or muffin recipe soon.

Last weekend was a Civic holiday in Ontario, so it was a three day weekend.  My parents, Sarah, Jonathan and I were at the cottage enjoying wonderful weather.  Mom made delicious shish kabobs on the barbecue.  Kabobs are an easy meal to prepare and taste delicious.  All you need is: one sliced red onion, one red pepper, one yellow pepper, diced chicken breast, shish kabob sticks, salt, pepper, olive oil and balsalmic vinegar.  First, start by marinating the diced chicken breast in olive oil, balsalmic vinegar, salt and pepper.  Dice your red onion and red and yellow peppers.  Assemble on the shish kabob sticks alternating.  Place on barbecue until cooked fully.  Enjoy with either: rice, warmed pitas, naan, a green salad or combination of a few of those options.  Another important step is to soak the shish kabob sticks in water for about ten minutes so they don’t burn on the barbecue.

The Civic holiday weekend was the end of my parents week of vacation and they seemed a little sad that it was over.  However, they enjoyed the coming and going of cottage neighbours, neighbours from home and their lovely daughters.  Our neighbours from home came up to the cottage and Roger caught a 3.5 pound pickerel, which was fried up on the stove top.  It was a tasty and fresh treat.

I taught Jonathan how to kayak at the cottage.  He seemed to be a natural at it.  I tried to put both of us in the kayak at the same time, but that ended in disaster – resulting in us being tipped in the lake.  At the very least, Jonathan learned how to safely exit a kayak in open water.  Hopefully being tipped into the lake won’t discourage Jonathan from continuing to enjoy the kayak.  Two separate kayaks would have been a better idea.  I think Jonathan is warming up to the kayak, we aren’t ready for a week in Algonquin Park or anything, but maybe some day.

Beau is always on his best behavior at the cottage because he does not want to be left behind.  Here is a picture of him standing beside Jonathan’s new water shoes.  (Yes, Jonathan is starting quite the collection of cottage gear.)

Extreme Baking: Cupcakes, Meatloaf, and Bundt Cake

Leslie the Foodie has been very busy in the kitchen lately.  Yesterday I made four dozen cupcakes for my sister’s bridal shower on Sunday.  I made one batch of light and fluffy strawberry cupcakes and one batch of red velvet cupcakes.  The oven was on for a very long time!  I put the cupcakes in the freezer and I will ice them and decorate them with fondant flowers on Saturday.

Then, I made my blueberry yogurt bundt cake for my Dad to take into a meeting at work.  Dad wanted to have a snack for all of the hard working staff at the City of Toronto.  There will be more desserts to come for his co-workers who have been loyally following my blog!

Happy Birthday Dad!

In addition to these projects, I made dinner last night for Dad’s birthday.  I made one of our family’s favourite comfort foods – barbeque meatloaf.  Along with delicious baked potatoes and some peas, it was a perfect dinner.  There were a few extra cupcakes from the morning so I whipped up some icing and we had them for dessert.

Dad has been very supportive of my blog and likes to make lots of suggestions.  I’m sure this summer he will want me to do a post with a fish fresh from the lake.  He gets a kick out of fishing up at the cottage and I’m sure he will this summer as well.

I’m not sure what the best recipes for bass are, but I will start researching now.  There are some other fish in the lake, but fishing isn’t really my area of expertise. I will leave that to Dad.

Barbeque Meatloaf Recipe


-1 pound of lean ground beef

-1/2 cup to 1 cup of bread crumbs

-1/2 cup of finely chopped onion

-1 large egg

-1/2 cup Diana’s barbeque sauce or your favourite barbeque sauce

Mix ground beef, egg, breadcrumbs, onion and half cup of barbeque sauce together in a bowl until thoroughly blended.  Pour some extra Diana barbeque sauce on top of the meatloaf.  Then form a loaf shape in a casserole dish.  Bake at 375 F for one hour.  You can put the baked potatoes in at the same time for an hour.

Weekend Food Adventures in Kitchener-Waterloo

Hog Tails Barbeque, 645 Laurelwood Dr., Waterloo, ON

Pulled Pork Sandwich at Hog Tails

This is the pulled pork sandwich that Jonathan and I ordered.  It was tasty and very large – I wasn’t able to finish mine.  The coleslaw was fresh and didn’t have too much dressing on it.  In addition to the sandwiches we shared an order of sweet potato fries, with a spicy mayonnaise as a dip.  Definitely a good filling meal, and next time I will try out a pulled pork recipe of my own.

Starbucks Blonde Roast Coffee

Starbucks Blonde Roast

This coffee was sampled in hopes that it would not be as acidic as their regular coffee, which gives me stomachaches.  However, it was milder, but still not less acidic.  I simply cannot drink Starbucks coffee because of all of the wonderful coffee shops I was introduced to in Peterborough, Ontario that serve fair trade organic coffees. Recommended organic brands would be Planet Bean – roasted in Guelph, Ontario, Reunion Island and President’s Choice’s organic offerings.


Yummy pakoras!

Pakoras are an Indian breaded fried treat.  I was first introduced to these by the wonderful chefs also known as Jonathan’s parents.  While out on a trip to an Indian grocery store in Toronto, Jonathan picked up a mix to make them on our own.  Mushrooms and red bell peppers are what we made into pakoras.  With the mix, all we had to do was add water, stir, coat the vegies and deep fry! The second batch turned out best as the heat of the oil was more even.  A tamarind and date sauce would have been great with these.  Tamarind sauce is available at Longo’s.  The pakora mix can sometimes be found at Fresh Co.